Spring 2012 S.T.E.P.

Spring 2012


Project Exploration

  • Fun with Sign Language – May 1/8/15, 4-12 grades, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, 4-H Building Polk County Fairgrounds.  Learn how to communicate with your hands.  You’ll learn the basics of sign language.  Instructor: Beth Bruce.  Cost: $5.00
  • Writing 101 – May 8th, 6 to 9, 4-H Building at Fairgrounds --If you plan to go to college or you just want to do a better job of your high school writing papers, this is the class for you.  Instructor: Barbara Griffin-Webb, retired teacher
  • Exploring With Your Camera – May 9/23, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Dallas City Park Arboretum.  Learn about your camera and techniques to improve your photos.   Instructor: Pete Strong, Itemizer Photographer and former 4-Her.  Cost: $2.00
  • Lego/Robotics -  May 5th, 9:30 to 3:00, 4-H Building at Fairgrounds.  Bring sack lunch (refrigeration available).  Learn the basics of engineering design for robotics.  Put together a simple Lego Mindstorms NXT robot and learn the basics of programming  your robot.  Practice with some of the First Lego Legue competition missions from last year’s robotics competition.  Instructor: Christian Curiel, 4-H Outreach Coordinator Marion/Polk.  Cost: $2.00
  • Goat Clinic – June 16th, 9:30 to noon, Swine Barn at Fairgrounds.  We’ll spend time learning fitting and showing skills and have a showmanship clinic along with a tack and show clothes swap.


  • Pet Rock Adventures – June 1/8/15 – Dallas City Park Arboretum, K-3 grades, 3:30 to 5:00pm.  Participants adopt a rock, take it on an adventure and write a book about it.  Instructor: Linda Cobb [Supported by a 4-H Foundation Program Enhancement Grant] 
  • Fun with Sign Language – May 1/8/15, K-3 grades, 3 to 4 pm, 4-H Building Polk County Fairgrounds.  Learn the basics of Sign Language.  Instructor: Beth Bruce.  Cost: $5.00

Older Youth Opportunities

  • Counselor and Leadership Training to help with day camps, community events and Extension info booths.   Jr. Master Gardener Camps – Dallas, June 18-20, Monmouth, June 25-27.  Wild West Camp – July 16-21
  • State Dairy Judging Contest – May 7th, OSU
  • Summer Conference - June 27-30, OSU Campus, 7th to 12th grades.  Registration May 1   http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/4h-summer-conference

Home School

  • Healthy Living – Gym Time – Academy Building Gym, open K-12, 1 – 2:30pm
    • Session 1 – April 9/16/23/30 – can still register
    • Session 2 – May 7/14/21 Dallas City Park Arboretum [Supported by YA4-H grant for Healthy Living and Health Heroes grant from United Health Services]
  • Sizzlin’ Outdoors – May 7/14/21 – Dallas City Park Arboretum, 4-12 grades, 3:00-4:30 pm.  Learn about the outdoors through hands on science experiments. [Supported by a 4-H Foundation Program Enhancement Grant]

Family Friendly Activities

  • Ag Fest – April 28/29
  • Learn, Grow, Thrive – May 5, Conference for young families - Free
  • Perrydale Senior Citizens Spring Tea – May 10th, 12:45 to 2:45
  • Japanese Exchange program – host a Japanese Exchange Student for a month this summer.  Contact: Debbie McBeth
  • Family Fun Night at the Polk County Fairgrounds – watch for upcoming dates

Contact:  Polk County 4-H, 503-623-8395  E-mail:  Suzi Busler  or  Judi Peters          

website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/polk/

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